The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 32
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32 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
where near "the Fort" (Fort Bend) on the Brazos, we resolved to
proceed to that point.* Whe we arrived at the Fort we learned
that the Tonkewas were encamped on Big Creek six or eight miles
below that place. We immediately returned to the infant town of
San Felipe-then containing but two or three log cabins-* and
reported our suspicions of the 'Tonkewas. Austin raised a few men
and went with us to 'the fort, where we were joined by a few more
men-making our force thirty strong. Austin dispatched two men
to look for the Tonkewas, but before they returned Carita came to
us and acknowledged that five of his young men had stolen our
horses. He said the horses should be restored and the thieves pun-
ished. We immediately proceeded to the camp of the Indians,
where all the horses were promptly restored, save one, which Carita
promised to deliver next day. He pointed out the five men who had
committed the theft--each of whom was sentenced to receive fifty
lashes and have one-half of his head shaved. Carita inflicted one-
half of the stripes and my father the other half. The lash was
very lightly laid on by Carita who frequently paused to ask Austin
"'cuantos." Before he had inflicted his moiety of the stripes the
culprits pretended to swoon; but as soon as father began to apply
the lash they were roused to the most energetic action. The sen-
tence was fully executed on four--of the thieves-the remaining
one, being sick, was excused from the whipping but was to have his
head polled after his brother offenders were disposed of; but while
the castigation was proceeding, the sick man managed to save his
locks by running off and concealing himself in a thicket.
We returned to the Fort, and next day Carita delivered us the
missing horse. The other division of the Tonkewa tribe was, at
this time, on the Colorado under the chief Sandia.*
During the same summer a Frenchman and two Mexicans, all
residents of Louisiana, returning from the Rio Grande with a small
cavallada passed through our neighborhood and crossed the Brazos,
at the La Bahia road. As they passed by the residence of Martin
Varner (near the present town of Independence) they stole his most
*[line 2] See note 1 at the end of this paper.
*[line 5] See note A.
*[line 29] See note B.
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